Peggy Bagshaw was born in Montreal, the only child of artist parents. They enrolled Peggy in art classes throughout her schooling, and she continued her art studies at Concordia University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
After graduation (1968) Peggy, her husband and children moved to Calgary, where she established a Stock Photo Company and worked as a commercial artist.
In 1993, Peggy undertook the 5 year Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the prestigious Alberta College of Art & Design, winning the Gregory Arnold Scholarship Award, and the Illingworth Kerr Scholarship Award.
After graduation from art school (1998) Peggy’s work was accepted at the Harrison Galleries, only to be stolen in a “theft by demand” break-in heist. Shortly thereafter, Peggy founded the EVA Artist Group, based in Calgary.
Peggy and her photographer husband now live on Pender Island. They designed a home with an artist’s studio where Peggy works full time on art. She established “Port to Starboard” where artist studios are open to visitors.
Peggy works exclusively in the pastel medium, focusing on landscapes. Her work is found in corporate & private collections worldwide. For six years running, Peggy has been chosen for the juried Sidney Fine Art Show. She is also a member of the Pender Island “Art-Off-the-Fence”, with a popular two-day outdoor art show in July.
“Recently, I attended a five-day workshop with Robert Bateman. He paid me an enormous compliment when he said:
“Peggy’s work has a Group of Seven feeling to it . . . It is nicely handled’.”
Peggy is represented by Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island BC, Canada.